Anniversary Hiking: 10/18 – 24 WRD

A short visit to my mom, who seems to be doing well. I suspect the change in some meds and the fact that she’s on oxygen accounts for that — although the oxygen is literally a drag. The rest of the week was run, hike, rinse, lather, repeat!

Fall is in full swing here, so for those who don’t get Fall, you’re welcome.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and another week strong on activity, a bit weak on rest.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy + surges, PB metcon (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40  min), Anniversary Hiking Moreau Lake State Park, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk AM,  PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (40 minutes), 2 mile hike
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), PB 5.17 long-er run, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk AM, 1 mile recovery run, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga + Dogwalk + Rest Day (except, packing — for me & Bandit)

Running Mileage: 12.17  (+1.17) 


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

I’ve been visiting local race courses lately (not on purpose); this one’s gone virtual though

Monday Intention: mostly easy + a little speed
I seem to be visiting race courses lately — totally unplanned. Since I’d pushed myself a little yesterday, I wanted to take it easy — but also remind my legs they can go faster. So I inserted some surges randomly through the second mile. Started out slow but negative splits for the win. My Garmin seems happy with my efforts lately. Summer running just isn’t my jam, and we are clearly out of Summer.

Neighborhood’s getting spooky

Wednesday Intention: EASY!!!
It’s a busy week of run, hike, run, hike, visit mom, etc. Our hiking yesterday was about 2 miles easy, 1 mile moderate. So I was determined to take it easy today — except I don’t watch my pace. So negative splits again; sue me! Mr. Judy offered to walk Bandit, which I took him up on, only they hadn’t gotten very far by the time I was walking home, so I ended up adding another mile on so they could both get some movement in, too.

Stopped in the middle of my long-we run to visit a place off the path I used to stop at for a post run snack (on the left)

Friday Intention: go long-er (working on endurance)
Normally I like at least one rest day before a long-er run, and visiting my mom tends to be stressful. It’s easier to just visit for a few hours compared to staying overnight and driving her all over.

Today went out for a long-er run determined to take it easy, and I mostly did. Splits all over the place, last mile fastest, but the overall pace was easy and felt it. A bit windy but I told myself how much better that was than running in heat & humidity!

More neighborhood color; it’s kind of spotty this year

Saturday Intention: recovery + endurance
Walked Bandit as a warmup and then headed out for the one mile recovery run. Except . . . I can’t seem to run slowly (for me) for just a mile with no walk breaks. I definitely wasn’t trying to push the past like I did last week with my 1 mile run, but it still ended up a little speedy for a recovery run (okay, a lot). Just a mile, though.

Annual Anniversary hike/lunch, new to us location

Favorites of the week
We are making up for previous lack of hiking this month! This is the second week of day hiking (with a second hike for me on the way to see mom) — and guess what? Booked an AirBnB for next week to finally test out Bandit away from home and a short getaway. Fingers crossed that the forecast changes because there are just amazing hikes where we’re going — but a not-so-amazing forecast (including 90% chance of rain one day).

Some hiking at Olana too on the way to visit mom

Albie (and of course, many Alvins) still sighted on the regular. Mr. Judy finally got a nice shot of Albie!

Lookin’ good, Albie!
Gotta admit chipmunks annoy me. First, they’re dumb. Second, for such a small critter they’re very noisy. But great photo, Mr. Judy!

GWY Yin Yoga to Destress

ICYMI: Are you ready for some de-stressing and self care? God knows I am and that’s why I created this video! This Yin Yoga Practice will help you open and strengthen your hips and lower legs and is perfect for runners even if you don’t need to destress like I do.

Relaxing Yin Yoga | Post Run Stretch click here * How Long to Hold Yin Poses? Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Why pumpkin is good for runners & how to deal with pie pumpkins. Friday it’s time to cozy up to the runfessional with Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice!

Should I Stay or Go Now?: 10/11 – 17 WRD

The week started out with my Mom on her way to the hospital. Seriously, I took her to the cardiologist the previous Tuesday and by the next Monday she was in the hospital with (supposedly) pneumonia. With assurances from my sister that she wasn’t at death’s door and the very limited hospital visiting hours, I stayed home — although every day I didn’t know whether or not I’d need to go down. I appreciate you guys listening to me go on and on about all this, but what can I say? That’s my life.

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing a another surprisingly active week — gotta get it in when you can!

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (45 min), 3 miles easy, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (45  min), Light Hiking
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), 5 mile long-er run, Filmed Yoga Video (40 min), PB ST (25 min), Dogwalk AM/PM
  • Thursday: Yoga, (30 minutes), 2 Recovery Miles, Dogwalk AM
  • Friday: Yoga (45 min), PB Metcon (25 min), Dogwalk AM/PM
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk AM, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (60 min), Dogwalk, 1 mile “speedy”, Yoga later & Abs maybe later

Running Mileage: 11  (+.68) 


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Summer/Fall of Fungi

Monday Intention: change the scenery, get in some miles before leaving again potentially
I got an early morning call from my sister. My mom was on her way to the hospital. Of course we weren’t sure what was going down, if I’d have to go down (probably), so I got out to do some grocery shopping and get in a few miles while I could. Consistent the first 2, then tried to — successfully — pick up the pace.

Obviously I’m not the only one leaving off letters. Inspirational messages along local marathon route.

Wednesday Intention: go long-er
Mom still in the hospital, I’m still at home, unsure of what the week will bring, so wanted to knock out my long-er run. It’s been incredibly foggy & chilly in the mornings the last couple of days, warmer by the afternoon. Glad I chose to wear a skirt.

Picked up the pace the last mile again — it’s just a long-er run, not a long run (that is, less than 90 minutes), but that last mile was the fastest I’ve seen in a long time. Have I slowed down? Probably. Maybe not with some speed work and some less stress.

I think we’re about at peak but between wind & rain . . . not sure why it was a blurry pic

Thursday Intention: recover
I couldn’t do recovery miles after Monday’s run because we wanted to hike on Tuesday, but today I had the time. Man I felt slow! It wasn’t actually as slow as it felt. Mom still in the hospital, no better, no worse.

The winds & rain last night blew a lot of leaves & pine needles off our trees but this neighbor’s tree is still hanging onto its leaves.

Sunday Intention: just run
As in see if I could just run a mile with no walking, which I did. As I often do, I came up with that intention on the run. It was a somewhat speedy mile for me. I originally was going to do 2 easy, but trying to not make the mistake of adding on too much again. So a little speed it was. Didn’t hurt that it had cooled off massively overnight (and the wind/rain took down a lot of the leaves). Mom now home.

A good day full of gentle hiking & waterfalls

Favorites of the week
We did get to enjoy a lovely hike on Tuesday.

We finally dealt with the pie pumpkins we got a couple of weeks ago. Mr. Judy has been asking me about them almost on the daily, but I knew it would be a big project — and it was! Done. Yes, you can expect a post about that in a little bit.

My mom finally came home from the hospital on Saturday. Fingers crossed she can stay home. Happy dance that she didn’t  have to go to rehab again!

GWY Restorative Hip Release

ICYMI: Want to relax and open your hips and show your back some love all at the same time? I’ve got you covered with this 40 minute Restorative Yoga practice. Yes, I know there’s a typo — again!

Hip Releasing Restorative Yoga click here * Difference between Restorative & Yin Yoga Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: How to fit in fitness when you’re not at home. Friday I share what you can do if you realize that you’re burning out on running.

Just Keep Moving: 10/4 – 10 WRD

As I work on this intro, it’s Friday. At least this week I know what sidelined me! I was at my mo. The week went south from there with all sorts of stressful stuff. Getting older just ain’t fun, and caring for the elderly can sometimes make you feel ancient too!

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and sharing a surprisingly active week although light on running and strength training, but I knew going in that would probably be the case.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Walk AM & PM, took mom to the doctor
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), AM Walk, 3 mile hike at Olana on the way home
  • Thursday: Yoga, (50 minutes), Dogwalk AM, PB Toning Walk (25 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (45 min), 5.32 mile long-er run, Dogwalk PM, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk AM, 2 mile recovery run, PB Cardio + ST (25 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (45 min), Dogwalk

Running Mileage: 10.32  (-.68) 


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Yes, Fall is almost in full swing

Monday Intention: get in some miles before the rain
This was the type of morning I usually would have run on the treadmill. I can’t get in 3 miles on the treadmill, so I headed out hoping I could stay dry and I did. It rained most of the rest of the day, though (while I was driving, of course).

Not sure what these wildflowers are (they look like miniature asters); probably some invasive species cause they’re EVERYWHERE on this path. Pretty, though.

Friday Intention: go long-er
The boots I wore while at my mom’s (which aren’t new or high heels or narrow and I’ve worn many times before comfortably) caused the top of my foot to be painful again. I didn’t run while I was down there (never planned to anyway), and added an extra rest day because I need it after a visit.

This run was relatively good. A tiny bit humid. I was a little overdressed, but not too bad, and I ditched the vest I was wearing during the last mile. The standout from this run were the two huge herons (I think that’s what they were). One was white and I saw it flying in the distance; the other was dark and nearly landed on my head! Even the walkers behind me commented on how big it was. Wish I could’ve grabbed my phone quickly enough to catch some photos!

The corn husks started to shake & then a squirrel popped out

Saturday Intention: recover
Warmed up walking Bandit, then out for an easy 2 miles. Tried to keep it slow, it certainly felt slow, but was just a tiny bit faster than a recovery run should be. During the Summer this was often my easy pace — and slower. So slow progress.

The trail ends way in the back there with a view of these barns from the other side

Favorites of the week
Most of the time I stop at Olana on the way to my mom, but it was raining, sometimes pretty heavily, on the way down. She plays bridge on Wednesdays, so I left “early” — which gave me more time to walk around and finally get to the end of one trail I’ve only been able to do partway before.

Now for something completely different — I looked up the symbolism of herons:

Tranquility and stillness

&

Determination because we are bound to wade through marshes and ponds through life’s journey, but we must never give up

That second one spoke to me! I am definitely wading right now, and of course there were literally marshes on either side of the running path sometimes. Tranquility & Stillness? Not so much!

I met up with a friend I haven’t seen in a while yesterday afternoon & we had a great chat, even if it was chilly out. Normally I would have suggested a walk, but I was pooped! My foot feels fine now, too. Weird!

I do not see the stress dying down anytime soon, my mom’s live in aide has given notice . . . but in the good news department, there are no doctor’s appointments, at least not ones we have to take her to until November.. Of course by then I could be on a jury . . . 

Except after I wrote the above she wasn’t feeling well yesterday and wants to see the cardiologist (which I just took her to) again. Oy! I highly doubt she’ll get an appointment, but maybe I can convince her to try telemedicine, which I know the office has.

GWY Shoulder Release

ICYMI: I’m on a roll with body-specific Yoga lately! There’s a tiny bit of myofascial release in the beginning of this video, and then we loosen up and release tension from our shoulders while also strengthening them. I don’t know about you, but I tend to store a lot of stress there!

Release Shoulder Tension here * How Often Should You Practice? Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Splurge or save? Everyone has different priorities with running gear, but I share where I think you should splurge and where you can save. Friday I share 5 signs you might be burning out on running.

1 Step Forwards, 2 Steps Back: 9/27 – 10/3 WRD

Another busy week; mostly in a good way. Finally got to check something off my to do list that I’ve been struggling with for months. Getting that done, the RRCA course done, the First Aid/CPR course done — all those things were a big relief to me. Then the jury duty notice came in the mail yesterday . . .

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, still juggling activity and helping out my mom — tomorrow I head back and will take her to a follow up visit with one of her doctor’s assistants on Tuesday. My brother is in town visiting her, so I’ll get to see him as well, which is always nice.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (45 min), 3 miles easy, PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Dogwalk, PB ST ( 25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), 2 recovery miles, Dogwalk PM, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, AM/PM, PB STs (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (40 minutes), 4.48 miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), 5 mile long-er run, Taught Yoga (45 min), PB ST (25 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (45 min), Dogwalk AM, 1 mile recovery run, PB Balance & Posture (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, packing

Running Mileage: 11  (+3) 


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Gnome like fungus

Monday Intention: change of scenery
New shoes. Fall temps. My fastest run in a very long time that was also negative splits. I beat the rain, too! Tempted to run 4 but since I ran so littler mileage and was in new shoes — I wasn’t going there.

Fall decorations

Tuesday Intention: recover
Back in the old shoes, much slower — but of course it’s supposed to be! Enjoying not having to get out early, Fall temps, and Fall decorations.

Assuming those marks were man made but since a collapsed beaver dam recently damaged a local road who knows?

Friday Intention: go long-er
A beautiful (and busy) Fall day. Chilly — down to the low 40s when I first got up, but had warmed up about 10 degrees by the time I got out there. I was wearing my vest over a very light long sleeve top, and I worried I’d overheat, but with most of the path shady it was fine. The paces were kind of all over the place, but still faster all over the place with the new shoes. They sure do seem to be magic!

More Fall decorations back there

Saturday Intention: recover
Another beautiful day. Took Bandit for a walk and then went out for a 1 mile run, which was the same pace as most of my long run yesterday. Oops. Wasn’t wearing the new shoes either!

Teaching Yoga in my little slice of Yoga heaven (photo & Yoga platform thanks to Mr. Judy).

Favorites of the week
An acquaintance had won a 30 minute Yoga class with me way back in the beginning of the Summer. Between her schedule and my mom’s problems, it didn’t happen until Friday. She enjoyed it, I always enjoy teaching — but Bandit was barky so he had to be contained. I’m glad to get that off my plate though! Because of her patience I did a longer class than originally planned.

Love the bright colors too!

Loving the new Saucony Endorphin Speed.

Anyone know what this is? It was on my back window but thankfully not aggressive when I had to get into the trunk

GWY Release Neck

ICYMI: It’s a really quick practice to keep your neck happy (yes, I know there’s a typo in the graphic above). Another short talk about why Yoga teachers put so much emphasis on a strong, straight spine.

Release Neck Tension here * What are Nadis? Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: How long is your long run really? Then I’m sharing my experience with the online First Aid/CPR course, since quite a few people seemed interested in that.

Welcoming Fall in Shorts: 9/20 – 26 WRD

Having the RRCA test off my plate was a huge relief, and I also knocked out my First Aid/CPR course this weekend — so I should get a certificate as a running coach in the next couple of weeks. The online First Aid/CPR course was interesting — no Zoom, self paced, and you are sent on “missions” (helping a choking victim, a burn victim, etc.).

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I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and an unplanned for cut back week. I probably would have run tomorrow, as it’s supposed to be lovely, but I’ll be heading down to visit mom. Just a short visit, then a week at home, then another overnight visit to take her to another doctor’s appointment. Hoping she stabilizes soon and we can all get a little more rest.

Won’t be home til late afternoon/early evening so commenting will be delayed (again).

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 2 recovery miles, Dogwalk, PB ST ( 25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (20 min), Dogwalk, Filmed Yoga Video (60 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (50 min), Dogwalk, AM/, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (40 minutes), 4.48 miles, Yoga (20 min)
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), Dogwalk AM, 1.5 TM miles, PB ST (25 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (15 min), Dogwalk AM
  • Sunday:  Yoga (50 min), some dogwalking probably, probably not much else

Running Mileage: 8  (-3.5) 


PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

Monday Intention: recover
It’s Wednesday as I write this, and I’m really trying to remember this run. It was cool, I remember that now, because I actually wore a heavier long sleeve top with a skirt, and was concerned I would overheat, but I was literally shivering at the beginning and fine by the end. Didn’t hurt it was only 2 slow miles, either.

This short photo stop meant yet another mosquito bite

Thursday Intention: easy long-er run
It’s Friday as I write this, and yes, today would have been a much better day for my longer run, since the pouring rain stopped early in the morning. We make the best choices we can. It was warm (70F)  plus plenty humid — some of that humid falling on me in the first few miles (aka rain, from drizzle to pretty steady and back again) on this run. The rain was fine, really.

Around mile 3 my Garmin apparently lost its mind. I was on a walk break, and at some point realized I’d been walking way longer than 30 seconds. Which is when I discovered that somehow the walk setting in my intervals got changed to 54 minutes and 34 seconds. No joke. Not only that, the data screens also got changed so I couldn’t see distance or time elapsed. Those settings are 5 setting deep, and somehow got changed while I was running.

So I finished up my run just running & walking when I felt, which means it was positive splits. The pace wasn’t horrible for a very humid morning.

I had considered going to 5 miles, but by the time I got back to where I was parked, I was so over this run. The good news? I actually didn’t feel as wiped out as I have by my long-er runs lately. Being home for a while and getting a couple of rest days in helped a lot, I think. Sorry for the long ramble!

Friday Intention: treadmill test
Again. Mr. Judy tried some new things. Nope, it didn’t work, and just added to the mounting frustration of this week. Mostly first world problems, but by the end of the week they were beginning to really get to me.

The photo really doesn’t do the full moon justice. Somehow looking at a full moon is very calming even if I don’t always sleep well during a full moon.

Favorites of the week
Did you catch this month’s Full Moon? Wasn’t it beautiful? I may not love our house, but I do feel lucky that we get to see both the sunrise and sunset & the moon.

Don’t they look cool?

Aren’t these Daikon radishes pretty? I didn’t know what to do with them, so I just had Mr. Judy cook them on the grill. I know they’re very healthy! I am also grateful that Mr. Judy has been going and getting our veggie box every week. Now that I’ve tried them, I have 3 sets of them in next week’s veggie box.

Now I also have some pie pumpkins to cook and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them, either. I used to make pumpkin bread pudding with them years ago when we lived in VT. Maybe I need to search for InstantPot ideas! Except unfortunately they don’t fit in the InstantPot, although I’ve read you can cut them up (hello, Mr. Judy!) and still cook them in the InstantPot.

Someone wanted deli for his birthday (that’s my sandwich, his was different)

No, it wasn’t Bandit’s birthday but he did want some too. That blurry tail was really wagging!

Look, ma, a pocket for my phone!

It’s been quite some time since I shared anything new from Skirt Sports (you can buy them here). The top is the Free Me Tank, which has always been one of my favorites.

I probably won’t be wearing these shorts again this year, but it was warm enough for them on this particular day this week. I love all the pockets (5!) on them and that fact that my small phone fits into the back pocket.

Speaking of my phone, there was a software update due to the security issues even for my iphone 6, so I have some more time to consider phones. On the other hand, I think the treadmill research really needs to commence.

GWY Fall Equinox Yin Yoga

ICYMI: I’m still working on that transition into Fall! Today it’s a great Yin Yoga practice to work on that Posterior Chain again (physically), while also working on your Lung Meridian in your Subtle Body. Not sure what a Meridian is? Or what the Lung Meridian does? I have a very quick vlog that explains a little bit more about it.

Yin Yoga for Fall Equinox here * Lung Meridian Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: It’s time to wrap up September, and I’m ready for that, quite frankly. On Friday join me for some hot chocolate, tea, or coffee & let’s catch up.

You’re Gonna Be Ok: November 2020

There was one virtual race in November

November had one virtual 5k and I really like the tee from that “race”. There were walks with friends and a little hiking. Of course I am still working my way through the sadness of losing Lola, which happened on Halloween.

This month’s song selection, from Brian & Jenn Johnson, is all about holding on because you can get through anything if you just hold on. Maybe that means the election to you. Maybe that means getting through COVID, or a loved one’s illness. Maybe it means getting through a loss.

Just take one step closer
Put one foot in front of the other
You’ll get through this
Just follow the light in the darkness
You’re gonna be ok

Getting in scheduled runs
There’s really no schedule, but I run 3 x week. I was able to keep to that “schedule” in November.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I record them here. Someday I’ll get back to journaling!

Grade Earned: Incomplete (due to pandemic)

Dynamic Warmup
I actually did extremely well with warm ups in November. I even often did a warm up walk in addition to my cool down walk. I was also good with some short stretching post run (most of the time).

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
I got back on the foam roller, too. My calves have been tight so I’ve rolled them pretty much every day, sometimes hammies too. And foam roll before the run — of course!

Grade Earned: A+

The air fryer helps with healthier food

Nutrition
Unfortunately with Lola’s decline and passing at the end of October, as usual, I lost my appetite and dropped several pounds. I didn’t stay there, of course, but it actually did help for a little reset. Despite a humongous cupcake at Thanksgiving — which was so worth it — nutrition has been better.

Grade Earned: A

Support

  • Massage? Nope. We all know why.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? See massage.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I need to schedule that appointment. We are in a very good situation with COVID right now, but I could see that changing with more time spent indoors and school restarting.

Grade Earned: I

The beautiful colors may be gone, but there’s beauty in every season

Cross Training
The Fall colors are long gone, but I’m still hiking a little bit here and there. Plenty of Yoga. Not enough strength training — but some, plus a fair amount of bodyweight exercises.

Grade Earned: A

November 2020  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. It was a relatively good month and I improved on the things that needed improvement.

November Goals:

  • Continue working through the Peloton 5k Course. Y. I didn’t follow it exactly, but I did do about 2 runs x week using it and adjusting it for my needs.
  • Choose a course for my virtual 5k. Y.  I went back and forth on where to run. I ended up running it as part of my long run at a bike path fairly close to home. Just saved time.
  • More strength training! N. That was the plan, but my body had other ideas (like more rest).
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up.. Y. I lost a few pounds while caring for Lola that last week of October and in the first few weeks afterwards. While caring for her, I often didn’t have enough time to cook — after, I didn’t have much appetite. Don’t worry, the appetite is back; I’m not a stress eater.
  • Continue to explore Kundalini Kriyas. Y. One of the reasons to do a 40 day Kriya is that supposedly it takes 40 days to create a habit. Well, it worked for me. I did 40 days of the same Kriya, then a month of a different Kriya each week . . . I’m still doing Yoga almost first thing when  I get up. I feel so much better after!

Which leads me to December Goals:

  • Continue to run 3 x week + 1 cycle class. I’m ok with running 3 x week, but I do feel my body could benefit from something other than walking & hiking.
  • Choose a word for 2021. It hasn’t come to me yet. Hopefully it will pop in this month.
  • More strength training! My AM Yoga is great bodyweight training. I feel strongly about lifting weights as we age, though. The trouble is how to get that on the schedule.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. There was some holiday creep. Not initially, a few days afterward. Weird. Anyway, gotta keep those clothes fitting.

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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Hold On: October 2020

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October had no races, virtual or otherwise. In fact, it was probably the least amount of running I did in 2020 with a 2 week running break, and now trying to squeeze in running around hopefully coaxing Lola back to health.

October also saw tempers fraying, the election getting on everyone’s nerves, and COVID once again surging in many places. Sean Mendes’ song “Hold On” may not be about being strong (although if you look up the speculation about its meaning, it definitely is), but it seems to fit the times.

So you just gotta hold on
All we can do is hold on, yeah
Yeah, you just gotta hold on
Just hold on for me

On the personal front, we had some very lovely Fall weather in October (no snow! yay!) and I made a real effort to get out there and soak up as much of it as I could. We also celebrated our 35th anniversary.

Getting in scheduled runs
There were no virtual races on the calendar for me in October. That’s part of why I decided to take a running break; you can see another reason I did in this post here. There was the Run for Ruth, and I did about 60% of that just with walking. Then I began to ease back into running and prepping for a virtual 5k in November — not a turkey trot, by the way! Although maybe I’ll add in a virtual Turkey Trot, who knows.

Grade Earned:  A

Recording my runs
I record them here. Someday I’ll get back to journaling!

Grade Earned: Incomplete (due to pandemic)

Dynamic Warmup
Since I did some of the Peloton Road to 5k course, I did some of my “training” for the upcoming 5k on the treadmill. Somehow in my mind, since I don’t have to get out the door for those runs, it seems easier to warm up. I don’t warm up for my walks though. I probably should!

Grade Earned: A+

Foam Rolling
There was far less foam rolling in October. Just because I’m not running doesn’t mean my legs wouldn’t appreciate some extra loving!

Grade Earned: A-

There were definitely indulgences in October but maybe the fact there was no birthday cake to finish off helped

Nutrition
September was a little hard with Mr. Judy’s birthday month of fun. It was a bit too much fun when it came to food. I got back on track in October, though, and things (such as clothes) are beginning to slowly feel a bit more normal for me.

Grade Earned: A-

Support

  • Massage? Nope. We all know why.
  • Chiropractor Appointment? See massage.
  • Do I need a hair appointment? I need to schedule that appointment. We are in a very good situation with COVID right now, but I could see that changing with more time spent indoors and school restarting.

Grade Earned: I

So much Fall beauty

Cross Training
Plenty of Yoga, plenty of walking, some easy hikes. A little bit of strength training. Not enough ST but the month has been a real roller coaster.

Grade Earned: A-

October 2020  gets  . . . 
. . . an A. Normally I might have given myself an A-, but I’m giving myself an A because I recognized I needed that running break and took it.

October Goals:

  • A short running break. Y. Glad I did it. I wasn’t a slug, I just didn’t run!
  • Ease back in with easy runs. Y.  Sort of, Some of the first Peloton runs weren’t exactly easy, but I also didn’t pick up right where I left off.
  • Find a flatter course for virtual races. Y. Maybe? 
  • Explore new places when I visit my mom. Y. It’s always a long day, but spending some time out in nature makes it feel a little easier.
  • Decide on my next virtual race. Y. It’s the “Champion for the Chesapeake”. The purpose is to get the Chesapeake Bay named as the next new national park. I love national parks — wish we had one here in NY! You can still sign up here if you’re interested. The shirts are nice (I already have mine).
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. Y.  Like most people this year, weight has been a bit of a battle. It’s staying fairly even, although lately my clothes have been feeling more comfy. NSV (non scale victory).

Which leads me to November Goals:

  • Continue working through the Peloton 5k Course. I’m back to only running 3 x week right now, so that makes it a little bit of a challenge because I don’t want to spend all my time on the treadmill. Plus it’s a 4 x week program. But I’ll adapt it to my needs.
  • Choose a course for my virtual 5k. I have been visiting a different bike path to run at, and trying to get to know it to figure out what might be the best course for a “race”.
  • More strength training! My AM Yoga is great bodyweight training. I feel strongly about lifting weights as we age. The trouble is how to get that on the schedule.
  • Continue to try to eat intuitively — unless the weight starts to creep up. I’ve been bouncing back and forth for months. Just hanging in there.
  • Continue to explore Kundalini Kriyas. I started a new Kriya (class) after my 40 day effort (read about that here and here). I really like this one: with the warmup and some meditation it took me about 30 minutes and it worked muscles runners need to work! I don’t plan to do another 40 Day Kriya soon, but I’m still shooting to try to keep an AM Yoga streak and explore different Kriyas. I’m actually already onto the second Kriya, and I like this one too. 

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Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.

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No trail race but a hike!: 10/23-29 Weekly Wrap

It’s Fall, y’all. We are just a little bit past peak here in our neck of the woods, but this post will be a bit more photo heavy since it’s just so pretty out there (when it isn’t raining, like today).

I traded in an easy run for a hike this week. I continued to run on trails occasionally, but when there was a forecast for a Noreaster and 100% chance of rain today, when the trail race was, I got together with runner friends for a long run on Saturday.

They’re not usually wrong when they make that kind of forecast (and they weren’t). I’m bummed — I really wanted my second pair of trail race socks and it’s a Halloween-themed race with people in costume popping up and/or chasing you — or so I read, as I haven’t done it yet. Maybe next year . . .

I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin to show off our Fall Foliage and how it keeps me active.

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Workouts update

  • Monday: Dogwalk, 4 easy trail miles
  • Tuesday: Dogwalk, 5 miles easy treadmill miles
  • Wednesday: YFR Hamstrings, Dogwalk, Swim 20 minutes
  • Thursday:  10 Min Yoga Stretch, Dogwalk, DM Booty
  • Friday: DM Abs, Dogwalk, Hike Vromans’ Nose
  • Saturday: YFR Foundation & Hamstrings, 7 Mile LSD, DM ST, Dogwalk
  • Sunday: Rainy rest day

Mileage: 16 (-3)

JY = Jasyoga
TM = Treadmill
YFR = Yoga for Runners*
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike
YFPR = Yoga for Pain Relief
YTU = Yoga Tune Up Lower Body*

*Disclaimer: Amazon affiliate links; I will make a small amount of money if you buy through these links

Running updates 

Wasn’t able to put these trail runs to good use 😦

Monday


I continue to train as if I’m going to run the trail race this weekend, even though the weather looks kind of sucky. Really hoping it clears up by the weekend!

So I got back out for 4 miles on the trails. And it still feels way harder than on the road. I went a different direction than last week — flatter — and my time was 2 minutes faster, despite the little detour I took on what looks like they’re breaking ground for a new trail? It was taller, more unkempt grass on that short portion and hard to run on.

Tuesday


You know my rants against weather apps/radar; they struck again. I could’ve run in the morning but it didn’t look that way on the radar. In the end I obviously ended up on the treadmill (and the skies did open up). It was also really humid in the house — I actually should have gotten the AC going!

I always figure that the treadmill is kind to my joints, and allows me to control my pace better. I run on the road about 90% of the time, maybe more.

Wineglass girls back in action — some of us!

Saturday


Many of the Wineglass girls got back together for our long run. One lucky woman is in Australia (much rather be there!), a few are injured unfortunately.

A chilly morning meant pretty fog coming off the river


We did different mileage, different paces, some solo, some together; then met up for breakfast afterwards (including one of our injured friends).

Running Buddy J relaxing with the dogs

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I talked running buddy J into come with me and the dogs to hike Vromans’ Nose. We had a beautiful day, Bandit tried to mark every tree he saw, we picked up lunch-to-go at Under the Nose (where we also got to sample delicious fudge). A good time was had by all.

Soaking up the sun

 

Waiting for her next treat

I also told Mr. Judy last week that I’d really like an Amazon Echo Dot (affiliate link). I’d been thinking about it forever, but wasn’t exactly sure what the various Echos do and don’t do. We did some reading, and I said, yes, I really want one. Mr. Judy, of course, found a deal for that and  Logitech Harmony Hub (to control smart home stuff, which we don’t really have much of at the moment). There’s a learning curve, of course, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to love her.

So far I’ve:

  • Gotten the temperature
  • Added items to my grocery shopping list
  • Played music
  • Set timers while doing lots of baking today
  • Added blog stuff to a to-do list

Alexa will be earning her keep, I’m sure!

And that’s a wrap 

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This week I am also linking up with the Sunday Fitness & Food Linkup brought to you by Ilka @ Ilka’s Blog and Angela @ Marathons & Motivation.

Let’s get the conversation started:

What fun, active Fall activity have you done?

Do you mind trail racing in the rain? 

Are you intrigued by Alexa or something like her? 

Dear Fall: 5 Things I want from You!

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It’s the first day of Fall and I decided to go off script for the Friday 5 and write a little letter to Fall and ask it for a few favors.

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Today I am joining up with the  Friday Five 2.0  from Fairytales & Fitness and Rachel @ Running on Happy to share the five things I’d like to ask from Fall.

Sunshine!
I won’t rehash our summer weather, you know what you threw at us, but Dear Fall, please let us have some bright blue skies with little cotton candy clouds. I need to recharge my batteries before the grayness of Winter arrives.

I’d like to run without the jacket (or hike!)

Cool enough to enjoy running . . .
. . . but not so cold I need a jacket. Gazillions of layers will come soon enough; for now, please let me enjoy the freedom of running in just a skirt and a tee (or capris, or even tights) — let’s save the jackets for winter, shall we?

No snow!
I mean seriously, it’s bad enough dealing with the snow during the Winter. Do you really need to throw it at us during your season, too, Fall? We runners don’t enjoy it. The furkids don’t enjoy it. And the plants certainly don’t enjoy it.

I know you’re just getting started!

Colorful leaves to entertain me . . .
. . . on the trees. Please let there be a trail angel to blow those leaves off of my running paths. I don’t want to roll an ankle because a branch or a rock was buried under all your Fall colors.

I do enjoy leaf peeping as I run.

A few PRs would be awesome
Seriously, Fall, if it doesn’t happen, I’m cool. I’ve had a good year of running. But you are often my best season for running. I’m hoping for a PR at my Fall half next week, but I’m not putting pressure on myself — it will be what it will be.

I’m counting on you, Fall, to help me out a little in the PR department with some crisp days that make running a pleasure.

So let me know in the comments:

What would you ask Fall for?

Any big Fall races coming up?

What is your favorite thing about running in the Fall?